Breaking The Idols of Ignorance
Admonition of The soi-distant Sufi
Sadr al-Din Shirazi (Mulla Sadra)
Translated by M. Dasht Bozorgi and F. Asadi Amjad
Edited and Introduced by S. K. Toussi
This work marks the meeting point of three different traditions of the Shi’i-Islamic thought: philosophical, mystical, and theological. In this book, Mulla Sadra masterfully analyses the creed of false mystics and those groups of philosophers whom he named a disgraceful impious sophists. The work deals with the most crucial issues of metaphysics, encompassing ontology, cosmology, epistemology, psychology and spiritual wayfaring, the attributes of the pious, and some homiletic advice. It stresses the importance of virtue and spiritual exercises on the true Sufi path while presenting Mulla Sadra’s own metaphysical commentary inspired by the Holy Qur’an.
Sadr al-Din Shirazi, known as Mulla Sadra (1571-1640), is the principal figure of the major revival of philosophy in Iran in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is perhaps the single most important and influential philosopher in the Muslim world for the last four hundred years. He authored over forty works including his magnum opus, the seminal al-Asfar in nine volumes, the Qur’anic commentary and a critical commentary on the Shi’i hadith collection, al-Usul al-Kafi.